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While You Were Sleeping: Dana Vollmer Breaks 100m Butterfly Record, and other Olympic Victories


Are you enamored with this year’s Olympics, but lacking the cable subscription or 5,000 or so hours required to not miss a moment? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Hit the jump for a round-up of exciting results from the first two days of the 2012 London Olympics, with a particular focus on women athletes!

  • China’s Wu Minxia and He Zi won the first diving gold medal of the Olympics on Sunday, winning with a total of 346.20 points in the 3-meter synchronized event. (via ESPN.)
  • Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston won the silver medal in the women’s 3-meter synchronized diving competition, the first U.S. Olympic medal in diving since 2000. (via The LA Times.)

  • American swimmer Dana Vollmer won gold in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 55.98 seconds, beating the record of 56.06 set by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in a since-banned high-tech bodysuit in 2009. (via CBS.)
  • U.S. gymnasts Aly Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas will advance to Thursday’s individual all-around final, where they will both compete for the gold. Here’s a kind of funny, kind of awkward video of Raisman’s parents freaking out during her bar routine. (via The Boston Herald and Jezebel.)

  • American skeet shooter Kimberly Rhode won the gold medal in women’s skeet shooting Sunday, her fifth consecutive individual-sport medal in five Olympics. (via Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.)
  • Nur Suryani Mohammed Taibi, the Malaysian shooter who also happens to be the most pregnant woman at the Olympics, finished 34th in the qualifying round of the 10-meter air rifle. Her baby is expected in five weeks, and we wish her and her daughter all the best! (via Zimbio.)

  • Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen broke the world record in the women’s 400 meter individual medley Saturday, raising questions about possible doping, a result of China’s record of state-sponsored doping in the 1980s and 1990s. (via The Chicago Tribune.)
  • Great Britain’s women’s field hockey team won their first match against Japan. Captain Kate Walsh, who was injured during the match, has undergone surgery for a broken jaw, potentially barring her from the rest of the Olympics. (via The Telegraph.)

  • Cyclist Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won gold in the 87-mile womens road race. Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead, who finished just behind her, recently spoke out against sexism in sport sponsorships, calling on larger sponsors to bankroll a women’s cycling squad. (via The Telegraph.)
  • South Korea’s women’s archery team, composed of Ki Bo-bae, Lee Sung-jin and Choi Hyeon-ju, won their seventh straight gold medal, beating China 210-209. (via The Washington Post.)

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  • John Wao

    I realized how old I am last night when watching the US vault routine in gymnastics and all I kept thinking was “those girls are going to hurt themselves running that fast.”

  • John Wao

    I realized how old I am last night when watching the US vault routine in gymnastics and all I kept thinking was “those girls are going to hurt themselves running that fast.”

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisLindsay9 Chris Lindsay

    Li Xueying (22 yr old, 126 lbs.) set Olympic records and won gold in the weightlifting competitions.  She lifted 108 kg (238 lbs.) in the snatch and 138 kg (304 lbs.) in the clean and jerk.

  • John Wao

    The trampoline is an Olympic sport?! Why The Face!

  • http://twitter.com/ARogueMonster Adina Weinig

    I find it interesting that it is possibly doping when a Chinese athlete breaks a world record, but just amazing when a US athlete beats a time set with now-banned equipment. 

  • mwakholi

     I’ve had to stop looking for articles on this amazing girl, they’re all filled with bullshit US-biased commentary and it just makes me hulk out.